Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic Shine as Blazers End 5-Game Losing Streak



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Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic Shine as Blazers End 5-Game Losing Streak

The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks on their home court with a score of 136:119. Jusuf Nurkic spent "only" 22 minutes on the field, but that was enough for him to achieve an excellent double-double performance.

In the end, he ended the match with 22 points and 11 rebounds and was the second most effective player of his team behind the fantastic Damian Lillard who scored 36 points. Nurkic added three assists to all this.

Damian Lillard had 36 points and 10 assists

“It feels great.

When you’re trying to fight for a win and you get in that type of funk, it seems like it’s never going to end. But you’ve just got to keep pushing,” Lillard said about the end of the losing streak, per ESPN.“I’ve been saying, when your mind is right and you’re pushing, everybody’s pulling the rope in the same direction, you find your way to where you need to get to.

And a lot of times all it takes is one”. After the first played quarter, it seemed that this would be an even game, and then the Blazers stepped up, broke the rival, and led at halftime with a convincing 71:56. At the same time, it was the second quarter that decided the winner because in the second half, Dallas did not manage to seriously approach the moody Blazers at any time, so there was no drama at the end of the match.

With this victory, Portland ended a desperate streak of five consecutive losses. Dinwiddie was the most effective for Dallas with 25, while Bullock scored 24 points. Slovenian Luka Dončić played a good game with a double-double performance of 15 points and 10 assists, but he was unable to help his team anymore.

“Hopefully we do get healthy soon, but until then we have to play with the guys who are in uniform,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. Dallas is in fifth place in the NBA's Western Conference with 24 wins and 20 losses, while Portland is in 11th position with a record of 20-22.